Today we’d like to introduce you to Veronica Lynn Clark.
Veronica Lynn, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I stepped into the world of wellness out of a deep need to heal myself. It was my battle with depression and PTSD that led me to Bikram yoga. I refused to take any medication but I was a nervous wreck all of the time so I felt stuck. One day, a client came into the bank I was working at and started telling me about Bikram yoga. She went on and on about how amazing it was and how much the practice had been helping her manage her anxiety and was also helping her get in shape for a fitness competition. At that time, I was not only battling with PTSD but I was also overweight and had a face full of acne. I was in desperate need of change, so I was inspired to take a class.
Three classes in and I totally hated it. It felt like I’d stepped into a torture chamber. But something kept me going back and in sort of a miraculous way, the practice started to work for me. By the fourth class, I no longer felt like I was the only one in class who didn’t know what they were doing. I moved up to the front of the room and my drishti, my focal point, became my eyes. My mantra became, “If I can do this, I can do anything”. With my focus on the reflection of my eyes in the mirror, I repeated the mantra over and over again. “If I can do this, I can anything”. In a short time, everything in my life that was once out of balance started to fall into place. My emotions were no longer running rampant and I started to see significant changes in my body. The inches off my waist had begun melting off and my skin had started to glow.
For the first time in a long time, I was excited about life again. I had found my spark!
There was such a significant change in my life that I decided I wanted to help others in the same way. I decided to pursue yoga teacher training and at the same time, began studying holistic and plant-based nutrition through SWIHA and Cornell University.
I began my wellness coaching practice in 2013 which has now morphed into my business, Sol Revolution. As a strategic wellness coach, I offer private sessions, workshops, yoga classes, as well as domestic and international retreats. The topics of my events range from holistic nutrition, sacred sexuality, and transformational healing.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Oh my gosh, it has been anything but a smooth road. The biggest challenges have been internal. For so many years I operated from a place of self-doubt. I knew I wanted to be a coach and help people change their lives. I also had the skills and education to do the work but for some reason, I was looking for external validation to encourage me. The truth is that NO ONE could validate me. I was the only one who could validate myself and accept that I was enough.
The greatest gift to myself was the moment I began to appreciate the value that I brought to my work and trust that I was on the right path.
This was not an easy lesson for me to learn and it wasn’t something that someone could have “taught” me. I had to be willing to see myself, exactly as I was, in order to actually shift this deep-seated block.
It seems like a simple concept but it’s not. It is a practice that requires us to place intentional attention on our habits, thoughts, and actions. Once that attention is there, we wait and we watch to see how we show up. Here’s the clincher, we have to watch with compassionate eyes and non-judgment. We watch this way because we are learning to call all of our parts home to us. That part of me that needed outside approval was a part of me that I cast aside and tried to forget about. No wonder that part of me was seeking external validation, I kept abandoning myself! So many of us abandon ourselves and then we look for someone else to give us what only we can give ourselves. When we are full, we can give from our overflowing cup.
My advice to anyone who is ready to launch their business or are embarking on a new journey is to lean into the unknown with love and compassion for yourself and trust that you are enough. Trust that what you have to offer is wonderful and that no one else can offer the gift that you have to offer!
We’d love to hear more about Sol Revolution.
Teaching yoga opened up the doors for me to step into my greatest work which is to help people peel back the layers of their emotional pain by looking at their “shadow side”. The shadow is usually what people dislike and try to hide about themselves. But it’s these shadows that keep people hostage to themselves. Having my own experience with depression and PTSD, I learned that I could help others to navigate their journey with a little more grace and self-compassion. What sets me apart from other coaches is that I have lived everything I teach. I will not teach something or coach someone if I have not personally experienced, have already transmuted, or am in the process of transmuting a particular situation. It’s super important to me to connect with people on an authentic level in all cases and especially when it comes to helping them transform their lives.
I’ve acquired many tools over the years such as meditation, breathwork and am also a student of Peter Levine’s work, Somatic Experiencing. Sharing these tools with my clients has become the primary focus of my coaching practice.
I am most proud of my retreat, “The Way of the Wild Woman”.
The Way of The Wild Woman is a week long immersion designed to help women navigate through their own shadows and find the wisdom that their painful experiences or losses have to teach them.
When the Wild Women gather, we learn how to use our innate, inner resources as tools to help repattern our thinking.
Ultimately, my work is about helping people to find inner freedom. Freedom from negative inner dialogue; freedom from the societal, familial, and ancestral belief sets that keep us bound and stuck in a state of confusion and “not enoughness”. What I’ve learned is that until we look closely, it’s difficult to understand how certain experiences can be a “creative destruction” that can actually lead to our greater good. Without this mind shift though, it’s easy to stay stuck in a “victim” mentality and it’s this victim mentality that keeps us in a low vibrating state and prevents us from living a fulfilled life.
What I love most about my work is that I get to partner with people to help them create a life of joy and meaning for themselves. There is no philosophy or doctrine to follow; it’s about tapping into our own inner knowing and wisdom of the body that has been with us from the creation of time. It’s by tapping into these parts of ourselves that we are able to carve our own beautiful and often messy path.
This year’s Wild Woman retreat is being held in the magical jungles of Costa Rica starting November 4- 9th. It’s an all-inclusive retreat that starts at $1,350.00.
Find out more by visiting www.WildWomanWay.com.
What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
The most important piece of advise I could give to any young woman is to love yourself. Love all of yourself and stick by your own side even when things get tough. What this means is that you avoid negative self-talk and instead lovingly remind yourself of all of your hard work, your passion, and your goodness. Try not to seek validation from others, though certainly friends and family at your side are gifts, you have to trust you. So, trust yourself and believe that you could not conceive of doing the work you have set your sights upon if you were not capable of doing it.
- The Way of the Wild Woman: Fire Woman Retreat starts at $1,350.00 not including airfare.
- Coaching prices begin at $85.00 an hour
- Website: www.theSolRevolution.com www.WildWomanWay.com
- Phone: 1-602-790-0647
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: veronicalclark
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/veronica.clark.strategicwellnesscoach
Leanna Clara McDonald